America the Beautiful Trumpet Duet

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Trumpet duet sheet music for America the Beautiful available at:

America the Beautiful Trumpet Duet

America the Beautiful Trumpet Duet Sheet Music PDF

Katharine Lee Bates, Samuel A. Ward
Arr. Eddie Lewis

I wanted to do something special for Independence Day. I wasn’t sure what yet. I already have two half finished Trumpet Hymn Duets and it really never dawned on me to do a patriotic hymn as part of that series. But while I was looking through a list of appropriate patriotic songs, America the Beautiful popped up. While many people think of America the Beautiful as a “song”, it’s compositional structure is actually more of a hymn. And it was perfect as a new hymn in my Trumpet Hymn Duet series.

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Not So Corny Anymore

The only word I can think of to describe the times we are living in today is “rancid”. I will not use the blog to make political statements…at least not yet. But people who hate this country are using their freedom of expression. In fact they are going way beyond the freedoms that are afforded them in the constitution. So I think it’s important for those of us who love this country to also exercise our freedom of expression.

I used to think that patriotic songs were kind of corny. I always enjoyed performing the songs in concerts, but that was mostly because I enjoyed seeing the response of the people. But today, in this toxic environment, the patriotic music is no longer corny. I can’t see it that way anymore.

I have traveled the world. I enjoy traveling. I like meeting people of different cultures and spending time enveloped in their worlds. But I also always enjoy coming home. This is home. Even though I “feel at home” in a lot of places, this is my home.

America the Beautiful Trumpet Duet Sheet Music PDF Sample

The Arrangement

The skill level on this piece is on the high side. In our seven skill system, I put it at the Trumpet Master level, which is the sixth of seven levels. So this is clearly an advanced duet.

I’m following pretty much the same format as I have with the other Trumpet Duet Hymns. The duet begins with sparse statements of the melody. It builds over three verses to end on a very powerful fanfare. There is also a very big key change, up a fifth – which is a modulation I don’t typically use. I used it this time because I could actually hear that modulation in my mind while I was working on the arrangement.

America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful Lyrics

The melody for America the Beautiful is gorgeous. But the lyrics are equally beautiful.

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

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